India joins G20’s Troika with Indonesia and Italy

What is the News? India has joined the G20 ‘Troika’. What is Troika? Troika refers to the top grouping within the G20 that consists of the current, previous and incoming presidencies. Currently, Troika consists of Indonesia, Italy, and India – the current, previous and incoming G20 Presidencies respectively. G20 Presidency Indonesia has assumed the G20… Continue reading India joins G20’s Troika with Indonesia and Italy

India calls for hike in climate finance to $1trillion

What is the news? At the ministerial meeting of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), India has said that climate finance cannot continue at the levels decided in 2009 and emphasised that it should be at least $1 trillion to meet the goals of addressing climate change. The ministerial meeting of LMDC was hosted by Bolivia.… Continue reading India calls for hike in climate finance to $1trillion

Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

What is the news? Recently, UNESCO has selected Srinagar as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the Crafts and Folk Arts category. Srinagar became one of 49 cities worldwide to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). About the inclusion of Srinagar in UCCN The Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO… Continue reading Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

Do WTO like you did COP

News: India should balance its geopolitical interests and geo-economic interests equally. In COP26, by offering to do more than what was expected out of it, India has tried to disarm its critics from the Western countries while voicing the concerns of the South. Later this month, India will find again find itself in a similar… Continue reading Do WTO like you did COP

Why India needs an international development cooperation agency

Synopsis: Development assistance provided to other countries is an important component of India’s soft power. But there is an urgent need to restructure and institutionalize it. Introduction India, right from its inception, has assisted many small and developing nations on their path towards development. This has earned India tremendous goodwill. Providing monetary assistance as part… Continue reading Why India needs an international development cooperation agency

International Energy Agency invites India to become full-time member: Hardeep Singh Puri

What is the News? The International Energy Agency (IEA) has invited India, the world’s third-largest energy consumer, to become its full-time member. Currently, India is an associate member of IEA. What will happen if India accepts the proposal of IEA? If India accepts the proposal of IEA, then India needs to raise its strategic oil… Continue reading International Energy Agency invites India to become full-time member: Hardeep Singh Puri

Three dark clouds over the Bretton Woods twins

Synopsis: In light of the latest issues of the pandemic, economic recovery etc., how Bretton Woods can remain relevant. Introduction Time and again, Bretton Woods institutions (IMF and World Bank) have been accused of bias towards the West, more specifically with regard to the USA. Recently, the ‘Fund-Bank’ annual meeting discussed the issues plaguing the… Continue reading Three dark clouds over the Bretton Woods twins

Aiding Afghans: On G20 meeting on Afghanistan

Synopsis: Owing to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan the shortage with regard to fund and food availability has multiplied the crisis.  Introduction  At a meeting of G-20 countries, PM of India highlighted about the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He also called for the international community to provide Afghanistan with immediate and unhindered access to… Continue reading Aiding Afghans: On G20 meeting on Afghanistan

Deconstructing climate finance

Synopsis: Behind the rhetoric of mobilising climate finance lies the grim reality of burdening the G77 and its people with a fresh load of “green” debt. Introduction Media reports have claimed that developed countries are inching closer to the target of providing $100 billion annually in climate finance to developing countries by 2025 (the original… Continue reading Deconstructing climate finance

CoP-26: We must shift gear from climate intention to actual action

Synopsis: There is an urgent need to address climate change which continues to mount. The future of each one depends on the actions of all. Introduction Recent catastrophic flooding in Asia and Western Europe, record-shattering temperatures in North America, and raging wildfires in southern Europe remind us that no country is safe. The Intergovernmental Panel… Continue reading CoP-26: We must shift gear from climate intention to actual action